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Application of model-based engineering in supervisory controller development leads to better systems in a shorter amount of time, when supported by proper theory and tools."

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Bert van Beek is Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at the TU/e. His research is oriented towards modeling, interactive simulation-based validation and visualization, supervisory control synthesis, and real-time controller code-generation for hybrid industrial systems. He is one of the founders of and major contributors to the CIF formalism and toolset, developed in several European projects. This toolset supports the entire development process of controllers, including specification, supervisory controller synthesis, simulation-based validation and visualization, verification, real-time testing, and code generation.

Academic background

Bert (D.A.) van Beek graduated with distinction as Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the TU/e in 1985. Soon thereafter, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, where he received his PhD degree in 1993. He has been active in several international projects, such as the HYCON 1 (member of executive committee) and 2 (work package leader) EU networks of excellence, and the EU FP7 projects C4C and Multiform (both as work package leader).

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Model-based design of supervisory controllers for baggage handling systems

Swartjes, L., van Beek, D. A., Fokkink, W. J. & van Eekelen, J. A. W. M., 1 Nov 2017, In : Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. 78, p. 28-50 23 p.

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    Why is my supervisor empty? : finding causes for the unreachability of states in synthesized supervisors

    Swartjes, L., Reniers, M. A., Van Beek, D. A. & Fokkink, W. J., 22 Jun 2016, 2016 13th International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems, WODES 2016, 30 May - 1 June, Xián, China. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 14-21 8 p. Mo_1_A.3

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    Coordination control of complex machines

    Baeten, J. C. M., Beek, van, D. A., Markovski, J. & Somers, L. J. A. M., 2015, Coordination Control of Distributed Systems. Schuppen, van, J. H. & Villa, T. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 61-68 (Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences; vol. 456).

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    Application of supervisory control synthesis to a patient support table of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner

    Theunissen, R. J. M., Petreczky, M., Schiffelers, R. R. H., Beek, van, D. A. & Rooda, J. E., 2014, In : IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. 11, 1, p. 20-32 13 p.

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  • 23 Citations (Scopus)
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    CIF 3 : model-based engineering of supervisory controllers

    Beek, van, D. A., Fokkink, W. J., Hendriks, D., Hofkamp, A. T., Markovski, J., Mortel - Fronczak, van de, J. M. & Reniers, M. A., 2014, Tools and algorithms for the construction and analysis of systems : 20th International Conference, TACAS 2014, Held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2014, Grenoble, France, April 5-13, 2014. Proceedings. Abraham, E. & Havelund, K. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 575-580 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 8413).

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  • 37 Citations (Scopus)
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    Student theses

    A comparative study of conventional and pipeless batch plants

    Author: van de Wijdeven, P., 30 Nov 1997

    Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1), Drinkenburg, A. (Supervisor 2) & van Beek, D. (Coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Basis software en een GKS Driver voor een grafische kaart in een UNIX systeem

    Author: van Beek, D., 31 Dec 1985

    Supervisor: Heetman, A. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master


    Chaotic behaviour of production systems

    Author: Schmitz, J., 31 Dec 1999

    Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1) & van Beek, D. (Coach)

    Student thesis: Master

    Design aspects of the hybrid Chi process algebra

    Author: Jansen, N., 31 Dec 2003

    Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1), van Beek, D. (Supervisor 2) & Schiffelers, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Design of a model-based controller for baggage handling systems with data tracking

    Author: Zwijgers, T., 30 Apr 2015

    Supervisor: Fokkink, W. (Supervisor 1), van Beek, D. (Supervisor 2), Swartjes, L. (Supervisor 2), van Eekelen, J. (External coach) & Hommels, R. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master